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The coronavirus pandemic that is spreading across this country has greatly affected all of us. San Francisco was one of the first big cities to issue a stay at home order for residents. While this has certainly cut down on the number of vehicles on the roadway, many people still have to walk to and from places like the grocery store and work. With less traffic, there is a chance that drivers may become less attentive and cause serious accidents for pedestrians. At Allegiance Law, our San Francisco pedestrian accident attorneys want to discuss some safety tips for both pedestrians and drivers to take during this time. 

Stay At Home Order For San Francisco

According to the San Francisco city government, “Everyone is required to stay home except to get food, care for a relative or friend, get necessary health care, or go to an essential job.”

San Francisco was one of the first cities to implement such an order, and it was updated recently to reflect the changing situation of coronavirus in this area and throughout the country. However, there are still times when people need to leave their homes in order to go to work, go to the grocery store, and to get individual exercise. 

While it may seem like pedestrians are safer right now due to less traffic on the roadways, the opposite may be true. Drivers may be paying even less attention to their surroundings because they think there is less risk of hitting another vehicle or person. This can be dangerous for pedestrians. 

If you are a pedestrian out of the home taking care of essential activities, please take the following steps to remain safe:

  • Continue to stop at all crosswalks can wait for a clear traffic signal 
  • Look both ways before crossing a street and do not assume a driver sees you 
  • Continue to wear brightly colored clothing in the evening and at night if you must go out at those times 
  • Do not use light traffic as an excuse to cross the street in unauthorized areas 

Drivers should also take precautions when they are out taking care of essential activities:

  • Put the phones and other distractions away while behind the wheel 
  • Continue to monitor pedestrian traffic and stop when required to do so 
  • Do not drive faster than normal, even if there is less traffic 

COVID-19 is devastating this country, and we all need to do our part to keep each other safe during these difficult times. 

We Are Here To Help You Through This

If you or somebody you care about has been injured in a pedestrian accident that was caused by somebody else’s careless or negligent actions, contact the team at Allegiance Law today. We take pride in standing up for victims in these cases. We will investigate and work to secure the following compensation on your behalf:

  • Coverage of your medical bills related to the pedestrian crash 
  • Compensation for lost income if you cannot work
  • Pain and suffering damages 
  • Loss of enjoyment of life damages
  • Possible punitive damages against a grossly negligent party 

If you need a San Francisco pedestrian accident attorney, you can contact us for a free consultation by clicking here or calling 415-404-6395.

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